Tuesday, April 28, 2015

What Is The X Factor?



What is the X Factor? Yes, I know there's a TV show, but what does the term mean?  According to Cambridge Dictionaries Online, the X Factor means, "a quality that you cannot describe that makes someone very special."

Do you know anyone who possesses this trait? Is it you?

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Monday, April 27, 2015

AMC Walking Dead Trailer: Cast Talks About Season 6


The Walking Dead





Any of you who know me know that an A to Z  "W" post by Jolie will likely be about "The Walking Dead," the most popular zombie TV series.  Now that we're going into season 6, I can't wait to find out what happens next.

We lost some cool people in previous seasons, so I know the same thing will happen in season 6.  "The Walking Dead" is brutal when it comes to killing people - young, old, black, white - it doesn't matter.  If it's your time to go, it's your time to go.

Here is an AMC Walking Dead trailer on thoughts from the cast on season 6.



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Saturday, April 25, 2015

How to Kill a Vampire




He may be handsome, but he's a vampire, and unless you want to be killed or become one too, he must be destroyed. How to kill a vampire, like killing a zombie, must be done in certain ways.  Here are three useful methods:

1. Wooden Stake

Purchase or make a wooden stake.  A silver stake works well too.  (Silver is an enemy of vampires. When it comes in contact with their skin, it not only burns the skin, but it has a paralyzing effect.)  Plunge the stake into the vampire's heart.  It has to go through the heart.  So this method is tricky and requires precision.

2. Direct Sunlight

If you live in a location that receives a good amount of sun, this way is good to try.  However, you'll have to figure out how to get the vampire outside.  So this method is tricky too.

Vampires aren't stupid.  They know that being out in direct sunlight, for as little as 10 seconds, will burn them to death.  (I know Stephanie Meyer's vampires sparkle in the sunlight like Christmas sugar cookies, but that's not the way it works.  So don't worry about that.)

3. Beheading/Fire

Here is a combo that works to kill a vampire.  First, cut off the vampire's head.  Do this with a silver blade.  You may ask, "Well, isn't that enough?"  It's not, because a vampire is capable of healing and resurrection if you just cut its head off.

Therefore, the second thing to do is to burn the head of the vampire in one location and the body in another.  Make sure the vampire's head and the body burns all the way to ashes.  This will take some time, but that's what you'll need to do.

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Are Unicorns Real?



Are unicorns real? They have been the subject of many stories, and they are mystical creatures. They have made it into television shows, especially kid's cartoons, and they have been represented in movies.

While their mystical representation might seem unbelievable, they are quite real indeed. Again, they aren't as they are depicted in films, shows or stories, but the horses with one horn do exist.

It's better to think of them, however, as the legends they have become. That makes it all much more interesting and fun, right?

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Now it's time for the Celebrate The Small Things weekly blog fest that happens every Friday.  On this day, participates write about what they are grateful about for the week.

I'm grateful for something that happened to me last night.  I'm an article writer, but yesterday was not a productive day for me financially.  That is until I got an assignment at 6 p.m.  I stayed up until 3 a.m. finishing the assignment, but it was worth it.

Of course, because I normally go to bed between 10 pm. and 11 p.m., I'm tired now, but I can always take a nap later if I need it.  That's one of the benefits of being a full-time writer.  I'm on my own schedule, and, therefore, I can take a nap when and if I need to.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Tent Cities: Temporary Housing Facilities




A primary place in my Benton zombie series is Tent City, an area of tents and campers surrounded by a high fence.  There is only one entrance to Tent City, guarded by teams of two people.

According to Wikipedia, tent cities are temporary housing facilities "made using tents or other temporary structures. Informal tent cities may be set up without authorization by homeless people or protesters. As well, state governments or military organizations set up tent cities to house refugees, evacuees, or soldiers."

Darfur report - Page 5 Image 1
A tent city in Darfur

The founders of the tent city described in the Benton books consider it a safe place to live during the zombie apocalypse.  There's also food for everyone, toilets, and showers.

However, zombies are capable of getting into the area if they were to pass the guards.  In addition, the only members of Tent City allowed to have weapons are the leaders.

If the zombie apocalypse were to happen, would you rather live in a community, even if you weren't allowed to carry a  weapon, or would you rather survive on your own with a weapon?


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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Sirens of the Sea: 5 Facts about the Monsters of Seduction



You've heard the saying, "Never fall in love with a beautiful woman."

The Sirens of Greek mythology were beautiful creatures, but they were dangerous and devious. They lured nearby sailors with their enticing voices and intoxicating music to the rocky coast of their island.  They would cause shipwrecks, or they would cause sailors to jump in the water and swim over to the island.

5 facts about Sirens

1. Sirens were part human and part bird. (The half-fish/half-woman version is typically called a Mermaid.)

2. According to Gods and Monsters, the Sirens would eat the sailors who ended up at their island.

3. The most famous Sirens in Greek mythology were the daughters of Achelous - Pisinoe, Aglaope and Thelxiepi.

4. Some were able to resist the Sirens. In Homer's The Odyssey, Odysseus orders his men to tie him to the ship and to plug their ears so that they can't hear the Sirens. The men are also told not to untie Odysseus. Of course, as soon as Odysseus hears the magical sounds, he begs to be untied. Legend has it no man could live after hearing the sounds of the femme fatales.

5. The Starbucks logo depicts a Siren. Said Heinz Insu Fenkl, "Starbucks had to change their corporate logo because some consumers found the suggestive split tail of their topless siren too lurid and sexually suggestive. A simplified logo was introduced."

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Why Norman Reedus Rules!



Since the first episode of "The Walking Dead" appeared on our television screens it managed to entice a flood of people. Those who didn't watch the first episode were left wondering what all the fuss was about until they took the time to see for themselves.

But there is something particular about the show that stands out, namely Norman Reedus. He plays the redneck character called Daryl Dixon, and it's safe to say he wasn't the most likable character at the start. In fact, he and his brother were regarded as the "human" bad guys of the story.

Slowly but surely, as the show evolved, Daryl's character started to take a turn. What used to be a selfish, indifferent and cocky redneck became the hero of the show. As he walked around with his cool haircut and crossbow, he crept into the hearts of most Walking Dead fans.

The thing about Norman is that he portrays his character very convincingly. He doesn't speak much, but when he does people tend to listen. When you look at all the surprises the show has thrown at the viewers, especially the sudden deaths of unexpected characters, it's obvious that Daryl is the one character they can't afford to cut loose. If a vote were established based on whether Rick or Daryl should die next, the people would probably choose Rick.

Ultimately Norman portrays a guy with edge and many faults. He doesn't present himself as an angel, nor does he care about the spotlight. Whereas Rick was the good boy from the start, Daryl took on a more human position. He is easier to relate to, and he looks great while doing his thing.

When it comes down to it, "The Walking Dead" will lose a big fan base if they decide to kill off Daryl.

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Gothic Queens


Enjoy these Gothic Queens!








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